IPL Therapy

IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light therapy, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure used to address various skin concerns and improve skin tone and texture. It utilizes broad-spectrum light to target pigmentation irregularities, such as sunspots, age spots, freckles, and redness caused by broken blood vessels.

The light energy penetrates the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting cell turnover, which can result in a more even complexion and improved skin elasticity. 

The cosmetic experts at Macaione and Papa are dedicated to helping you acheive your skin care goals. Learn more about IPL Therapy, and schedule an appointment at our South Jersey Dermatology practice when you're ready to kickstart your glowing skin journey.

Benefits of IPL Therapy

  • Sun Damage Reduction: Reduces sunspots, age spots, and freckles. 
  • Reduction of Pigmentation Issues: Breaks down excess melanin.
  • Minimization of Vascular Lesions: Targets blood vessels and reduces the appearance of vascular lesions.
  • Fine Line and Wrinkle Reduction: Collagen production helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Reduction of Acne and Acne Scars: Targets the bacteria that contribute to acne and reduces redness.
  • Minimal Downtime: A non-invasive procedure with minimal downtime. 
  • Quick Sessions: Most treatments can be completed in under an hour.

Common Side Effects of IPL Therapy

  • Redness: Treated area may appear slightly red, typically subsides within a few hours to a day.
  • Swelling: Mild swelling in the treated area, usually temporary and resolves on its own.
  • Darkening of Pigmented Lesions: Sunspots or freckles may temporarily darken immediately after treatment before gradually fading.
  • Light Peeling or Crusting: Treated skin may develop a light peeling or crusting, which typically resolves within a week.
  • Light Sensation of Heat: A mild sensation of heat on the skin during the procedure.
  • Bruising: Bruising can occur, especially in individuals with more sensitive skin.

What to Expect at Your IPL Therapy Appointment

At your IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) appointment, the process typically begins with a consultation where the provider assesses your skin concerns and determines if IPL is suitable for you. The actual procedure duration varies based on the areas being treated but generally takes around 20 to 30 minutes. During the treatment, you may experience a mild snapping or stinging sensation as the light pulses target pigment irregularities in the skin. A cooling gel is often applied to minimize discomfort.

IPL is commonly used for addressing issues like sunspots, redness, and uneven skin tone. Following the session, you may notice temporary redness or darkening of pigmented spots. This is normal and indicates melanin cells were properly treated. This usually subsides within a few hours to a day. Multiple sessions are often recommended for optimal results, and your provider will guide you through the post-treatment care to ensure a successful outcome.

IPL has minimal recovery time. Most patients can apply makeup right away and they return to work and other normal activities immediately. The skin may be slightly red for several hours after IPL treatment, but this side effect typically is unnoticeable to others.

IPL Therapy Maintenance Recommendations

After undergoing IPL therapy, it's crucial to take care of your skin. Consistently use a high SPF sunscreen to shield your skin from UV radiation and minimize sun exposure. Follow a skincare routine that includes gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and possibly antioxidants or retinoids. Avoid harsh products and irritants, such as hot water, saunas, and steam rooms, immediately after treatment. Stay well-hydrated, and schedule regular check-ins with your skin care professional for assessments and potential adjustments. 

IPL Therapy Maintenance Schedule

Following IPL therapy, immediate post-treatment care involves adhering to specific instructions provided by your skincare provider, including avoiding the sun and gentle skincare practices.
  • In the first week, continue sun protection and moisturizing routines. Schedule a one-month follow-up appointment to assess results and address concerns with your dermatology provider.
  • Most of our patients see improvements to their skin after only one or two IPL sessions. Other patients may need additional treatments to achieve the desired results. The number of required treatments depends on the individual patient and the part of the body being treated.
  • Based on your results, maintenance IPL sessions every 3 to 6 months may be needed.
  • Ongoing sun protection is crucial for preventing pigmentation issues.
  • Regular skincare check-ins with your dermatology provider allow for adjustments to your routine as needed, ensuring sustained results. 


IPL therapy uses a special kind of light to target skin issues like unwanted hair, sunspots, or redness. The light gets absorbed by the problem areas, gently treating them without harming the surrounding skin, providing a non-invasive solution for cosmetic concerns.

IPL therapy is generally well-tolerated, with some people feeling a mild snapping or warm sensation during the procedure. While discomfort levels vary from person to person, it's often described as manageable, and any sensation typically fades quickly after the treatment.

Results from IPL therapy can vary, but improvements in issues like pigmentation may be seen after one session, while hair removal often requires multiple sessions for noticeable results. The timeline depends on the specific skin condition and individual response.

Individuals with light to medium skin tones and specific skin concerns such as pigmentation issues, sun damage, or unwanted hair are good candidates for IPL therapy. Those with darker skin tones, active skin infections, or certain medical conditions may not be suitable candidates. It's crucial to consult with a qualified dermatology professional to determine if IPL Therapy is right for you based on skin type and specific concerns.

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How Macaione and Papa Can Help

Macaione and Papa is proud to offer IPL Therapy at our Skin Care Loft in the Delaware Valley. 

If you have dark spots, or sun damage, or are trying to improve the overall look of your skin, schedule a consultation with one of our skin expert sto determine if IPL therapy is right for you.

Regain confidence and start your journey to healthy skin today!

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